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NPMS6022 Compassionate and Safe Care

Module Overview

This module analyses the contemporary issues of modern maternity services as well as wider health and social care. There is a strong public health focus throughout, and the promotion of physical, mental and social wellbeing, and consideration of clients groups that may be considered ‘vulnerable’. The issues explored include the need for a more caring and empathetic workforce, whistle blowing and always ensuring the woman is the focus of her care. There is a clear focus on the need for interprofessional and multi-agency working to ensure best outcomes for women and their families.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To develop further your knowledge and skills for delivering woman centred, safe and compassionate care to mothers, infants and families. To enhance your ability to analyse the determinate of health, in the context of specific women, groups of women, and to effectively undertake the public health component of the midwife's role.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the importance of a variety of communication strategies to promote safe and compassionate care for women and their families
  • Critically explore the influences of services in the provision of social, cultural, physical and mental wellbeing and health needs for women and their families, including reference to vulnerable groups
  • Analyse the importance of working collaboratively with other health professions and external agencies in relation to health and wellbeing
  • Critically analyse theories and practical implications of public health policy, health promotion and health education in relation to care of the woman, fetus/neonate and the wider family
  • Critically evaluate the role of the midwife in provision of family-centred care with the wider interprofessional team


This list is not exhaustive but will include: Safeguarding individuals groups and populations The role of gender across the maternity continuum and societies (role of father/partner as well as that of mother, grandmother etc.) Social policy on family Pregnancy and the age continuum Occupational health – pregnancy and post natal Mental wellbeing and its promotion and assessment across the pregnancy/childbirth continuum and its impact on woman, her fetus/neonate, family and society Bereavement Cultural sensitivity Public health/Determinants of health • Ethical and fiscal implications • Epidemiology • Health promotion • Public health resources • Extended family context • Infant feeding • Effective parenting • Models of behaviour change – motivational interviewing Vulnerable groups • Learning disabilities/physical disabilities - including autism • Survivors of sexual abuse • Women in prison • Domestic violence • Substance misuse • Asylum seekers • Travelling communities • Ethnic groups with specific needs • Teenagers • Older family members (elderly care/dementia, challenges of living in multigenerational families settings) The role and responsibilities of the midwife in relation to: • Values ethics and truth telling • Capacity and consent • Advocacy • Clinical governance • Professional Midwifery Advocate • Aggression • Patient safety and patient experience • Diversity and social inclusion agenda • Interprofessional working Programme threads are linked throughout and include: • Baby Friendly principles • Medicines management • Mental health and well-being • Values Based Journey

Special Features

The learning opportunities within this module have been considered in accordance with the National Maternity Review Better Births (Cumberlege 2016) Michael Report (Healthcare for all, 2008), Cummings and Bennett’s (2012) 6 C’s, the Francis Report (2013), the Berwick Report (2013), findings from Morecambe Bay and the National Framework for Disability, Equality and Etiquette Learning (DEEL) to promote best practice within Undergraduate education. This module will incorporate other relevant reports/evidence as appropriate at the time of running.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• A variety of guided learning activities • Collaborative learning resources • Electronic discussion forums • Core lectures • Workshops • Values Based Enquiry Tutorials

Follow-up work20
Wider reading or practice41.5
Completion of assessment task50
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Wambach, K and Riordan J (2016). Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. 

Coles L and Porter E M (Eds.) (2008). Public health skills: a practical guide for nurses and public health practitioners.. 

Behaviour change: Individual approaches.

Better Births: Improving outcomes of maternity services in England.

Walker, M (2017). Breastfeeding management for the clinician : using the evidence. 

Powell C (2016). Safeguarding and Child Protection for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors: A Practical guide. 

Watson, G and Rodwell S (2014). Safeguarding and protecting children, young people & families : a guide for nurses and midwives. 

Pregnancy and complex social factors: a model for service provision for pregnant women with complex social factors.

Behaviour change: general approaches.

Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England..

Fair Society, Healthy Lives: The Marmot Review.

Evans D, Coutsaftiki D and Fathers P (2014). Health promotion and public health for nursing students. 

Green J (2015). Health promotion: planning & strategies. 

Naidoo J and Wills J (2016). Foundations for Health Promotion. 

Mason P and Butler CC (2010). Health Behavior Change; A Guide for Practitioners. 

Baggott R (2010). Public Health: Policy and Politics. 



Group Professional Conversation


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 80%
Professional conversation  (15 minutes) 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 80%
Professional conversation  (15 minutes) 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

All texts key are available within the library or can be purchased online or within the bookshop located on campus. For the current costs you are requested to check on line. If purchased, this will be at a cost to you.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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